On our family trip to Cancun, Mexico my husband and I found the nearest supermarket and purchased fruit, veggies, a whole cooked chicken, tuna and eggs. We save a lot of money and needless calories by taking the time to prep our own food. When I brought my homemade (in room made) items to the pool, it was funny that several people asked me where I ordered my food. I probably could have created a little business as it looked really fresh. By doing this, my kids also ate better than the average fried chicken tenders and burgers served in the resort restaurant.
  1. If you have the time prior to going to the airport, pre-make food from home. If you don’t have the time, most places will have a salad option. Pack a small bottle of olive oil (they make tiny ones) to use for a salad. Ask for lemon slices. When you get used to olive oil and lemon on your salads, you will avoid needless calories and chemicals. Bring partial meals such as an Avocado, hardboiled eggs, fruit and nuts. These items will keep you satisfied as well as keep your blood sugar stable so you won’t give into temptation. They can also be added to your salad on the plane.
  2.  Plan Ahead. If you are staying at a resort or hotel, try to get a room with a kitchen, kitchenette or at least a mini-fridge. If you are staying with family or friends, let them know you are eating clean and go directly to the store to shop.
  3. When you arrive to town, search for the nearest Whole Foods Market or Trader Joe’s as it is easy to pick up healthy options.
  4. Most hotels will provide the refrigerator free during your stay, if you tell them you need it to store meds.
  5. When you do your prep, make extra for the next day. You can pre-make salads or sandwiches and bring along or buy baggies to pre-make snacks. This may sound like a lot to do, but once you get used to this lifestyle, it will really help you to stay on track.
  6. Travel with a good meal replacement shake ( I like Solutions4) and a shaker cup, some pre-made individual snack mixes, (I buy mine at Trader Joe’s) and some meal replacement bars.
  7. Bring a food diary with you on your trip so you can be accountable to yourself or know that you will be accountable to someone else when you return. Make a commitment and a contract with your self that you will have, X # of treats or alcoholic drinks for your stay and stick to it!
  8. Don’t be perfect & don’t be glutinous….find a balance and still have a little fun without derailing the train!

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